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This summer new YAS members, Dr. Mhairi Towler Director of Vivomotion (, a scientific animation company and Dr. Adam Stokes, an interdisciplinary scientist and engineer, and Director of The University of Edinburgh FabLab, got chatting about potential collaborations at the induction ceremony at the RSE in August. Mhairi had already started working with existing YAS member Dr. Nicola Stanley-Wall from the College of Life Sciences at University of Dundee, to realise her vision for a special exhibition being held in November as part of the Great British Bioscience Festival run by the BBSRC. 


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Martyn Pickerskill organised a seminar as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, held on 6th November at the University of Edinburgh. The session alos included a talk from Chris O'Sullivan.


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In September 2012, Dr Aileen Fyfe (St Andrews) was president of the History of Science section at the British Science Festival, which took place this year in Aberdeen. She took an unusual approach to the task of organising a presidential session: running a Victorian Science Spectacular show, which recreated an 1890s experience of popular science.

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